Good GOSH Man! De last few days have seen nuff M&A activity hitting close to home – Ambev or Ansa for Banks, a question of the lesser of two evils? – and it seems like we aint dun yet! With the M&A of Flow/[…]
News out of Jamaica this week is that LIME has to pay Digicel more than J$1.5 billion dollars for wrongly withholding money for calls from LIME’s fixed line subscribers to Digicel mobile phones. This is not the first time the regulators have had to arbitrate to force telecommunications companies in the region to do the honest thing. All the while LIME, Digicel and the others push the message of being good corporate citizens.
Have we, Barbadian consumers, ever wondered who is championing our rights? In the same way LIME and Digicel who are always at each other’s throats to demand their rights – what about the consumers? The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) and other bodies have been created with supporting legislation to safeguard consumer interest as well as the Utilities but one gets the impression after several years that the system is not responding to citizens in the same way it does for the utilities. What are consumers to do in the circumstances? Our politicians have no motivation to change anything because they are puppets of these corporate marauders. We have a non existent consumer body. Our citizens are lazy and see no need to forcefully demonstrate against the system. Some will say we deserve being chaffed.
Submit by Anthony Davis
A ‘NEW COMPANY’ will emerge once regulators approve Cable & Wireless Communications’ (CWC) intended acquisition of Columbus International Inc. And while the plan also includes ‘a new leadership team, and a new culture’, CWC’s chief executive officer Phil Bentley said the company did not intend to *’pre-empt the regulatory process’. He also said it was too early to say what the company would be called – Daily Nation 19/01/2015
First of all, "a rose by any other name is still a rose". Ergo, no matter what you call it a behemoth remains a behemoth!
I see this as a means of blackmailing the regulators, and should be treated as such. CWC must realise that Barbados is a sovereign and independent country and we do not like the attitude of the CEO. We are in the twenty-first century and we reject his master-slave attitude. I think that the regulators should reject CWC’s bid – if for nothing else but the act of trying to bribe them!
Submitted by Anthony Davis “It may not have the blessing of regional regulators and even consumers at this stage, but shareholders of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), the parent of LIME, today voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger with Columbus International Inc., operator of the consumer brand, Flow” – Barbados Today Once again the […]
Submitted by Anthony Davis LIME is assuming that every household has a computer or smartphone. There are many people who cannot afford any of the two. There are also the poor, the needy, and the vulnerable, and many old age pensioners who will NOT be able to pay any additional fees at this time. This […]
Submitted by Anthony Davis Minister of Commerce Danville Inniss says he is not troubled by the proposed merger of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International Inc., which trade here as LIME and FLOW respectively. However, an issue which is of great importance and should be addressed, he said, was the lack of regulation […]
Submitted by St.George’s Dragon Lime appears to have made a botch of the transfer of their email system over to Googlemail. All users were mean to be transferred over to Googlemail as of 16th September (today) but everyone I talk to says their email is down. Can anyone enlighten us as to what is happening […]
Submitted by Old Onions Bag What’s with these insurance companies in Barbados making such exorbitant profits? Sagicor and Insurance Corporation of Barbados are the latest to inform of their killings, reaping hefty profits from suffering Bajans. Sagicor also informed that some of their investments in Europe had bottomed out and to be discontinued and put […]
BU understands that Cable & Wireless is currently experiencing serious Internet networking issues. According to a BU family member the problem is complicated to explain in layman terms but involves something called Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). This is a protocol used by big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and carriers to exchange routing information between each […]
In a Press release issued yesterday, LIME announced “all post-paid mobile customers completing data streaming, browsing, tethering and downloading of documents, games and any other transactions which go via the WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) and/or Internet Gateways on the LIME data network will be billed”. Nation Newspaper – 4/5/2012 Barbados Underground agrees with the decision […]
Posted as a comment to BU blog – Clarity Needed In Broadband Speed Sold By LIME In Barbados LIME’s biggest problem is that they simply do not have the bandwidth available to share among it’s current subscriber base. When they first introduced ADSL their customers actually got what they were paying for. Now, the network […]
Submitted by Ian Bourne (Bajan Reporter) Good Morning Alex; (LIME’s Country Manager) Trust this note finds you well and eager to clarify… I have everyone on board so we’re at the same page – last night a number of regular readers to my site said they could not access it – now I have a […]
(6) The Commission (FTC) may on its own initiative or on the request of any person carry out any investigation that it considers necessary or desirable in connection with matters falling within the provisions of this Act, the Utilities Regulation Act, and any laws relating to consumer protection and fair competition which the Commission has […]
It seems like yesterday Barbadians rejoiced at the news the government would liberalize the telecommunications sector as part of WTO obligation. Barbados was an early signatory to General Agreement on Trade in Service (GATS) and the Telecommunications Reference Paper in 2000. Why did Barbadians rejoice? Hitherto Barbadians would have felt they were being shafted by […]
First it was water, followed by electricity, based on recent reports Barbadians will suffer another increase in the telephone rate of $1.77 per pricing plan, whatever that means. The biggest of all ironies is the recognition that the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) is owned by government and not regulated by the Fair Training Commission (FTC). […]
When Bartel and Cable and Wireless (C&W) consolidated its business some years ago to operate under the one-name C&W it made sense. Back then Bartel managed the local business and Cable and Wireless managed the outbound traffic. In 2008 when C&W rebranded its Caribbean operations to LIME (Land, Internet, Mobile and Entertainment) the reaction was […]